Magic Languages started in response to the growing need to learn and master foreign languages in today’s increasingly globalized world. We offer programs in Spanish, French and Mandarin specially designed for children and babies to enhance their capacity for communication in practical ways.
We believe that it is essential to take advantage of early developmental phases to give children the benefit of learning a new language in a fun and natural manner.
Beatriz Tejedor is the founder of Magic-Languages. Born and raised in Spain, she received her law degree from the University of Barcelona in 2008. At a very young age, Bea learned the value of being multilingual; in addition to growing up in a bilingual Spanish/Catalan household, she learned French spending her summers in France and English working through her professional career. After practicing law for several years, she moved to Canada, living first in Montreal and then Toronto. Amazed by the diversity in this city, Bea started Magic-Languages in 2013. After several years of teaching Spanish as a second language to adults, Bea realized how fascinating and natural the learning process was with the children. Complemented by her deep family values, Bea discovered a passion for early childhood education. She identifies three important elements in the learning process: a connection with the teacher, a favorable environment and the consistency of the practice.
Magic-Languages’ methodology is rooted in these three basic elements, paired with a thoughtful curriculum. The goal of each and every class is that the children thoroughly enjoy the activities, not realizing how much they are learning and that they are communicating in a new language. Empathy is fundamental in order to accomplish this goal.
Since Magic-Languages started, Beatriz has worked every day in order to develop this educational project through the incorporation of new elements, improving the curriculum and reaching new students. This is part of the greater objective of creating a better understanding of and connection to the global community.
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Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Maria Fernanda is a native Spanish teacher. Here in Toronto, she is combining her postgraduate degree in tourism and business with her teaching experience at Magic-Languages. She absolutely loves to teach Spanish and she is amazed how children at such an early age can learn a new language so effectively and quickly. Her spontaneity, sweetness and joy makes the perfect combination to create a fun environment to learn. That’s the number one rule during her classes, fun as we learn.
Lucía Martínez is an engaged and motivating teacher from Oviedo, Spain where she has completed her Masters in Spanish as a Foreign Language. She is fascinated by how easily children learn a new language. Lucía loves to bring Spanish culture to the class which makes children more interested in the new language. She believes arts and culture are essential in the process of learning a foreign language. In her lessons, Lucía cultivates a positive and respectful learning environment that recognises individual differences. She knows every child learns a language in a different way, tailoring the lesson to each one.
Julia Zhu is originally from China, where she grew up speaking both Mandarin and Cantonese. She is a masters student at the University of Toronto. Julia is a dedicated teacher and loves to inspire her students by sharing funny Chinese stories. She enjoys working with children and it is always surprising how fast they learn and grow with her. She perfectly applies the Magic-Languages philosophy of creating a fun learning environment, which is fundamental to motivating children’s interest in a new language.
Meredith Wanstall is a student at the University of Toronto in the Bachelor of Music program (Music Education, Voice). For many years she has enjoyed teaching French and math, as well as piano and singing. Meredith grew up in Toronto, part of a bilingual (French and English) community, and studied at Francophone schools. She is the founder and conductor of a children’s choir, and has earned her A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance. Meredith brings her passion for music and teaching to the Magic- Languages program. Children are amazed with her voice and musical talent and are easily charmed by her enthusiasm and positive energy.
Elizabeth Wanstall loves working with children! Elizabeth grew up in a bilingual (French and English) household and attended Francophone elementary and secondary schools. She is currently pursuing a bilingual Bachelor of Arts in neuropsychology and a Bachelor of Education in French immersion teaching at Glendon College. Elizabeth has extensive experience with children of various ages and needs through combining her teaching experience with Magic-Languages and with TDSB student placements as well
as work at Sick Kids and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospitals. Having received her A.R.C.T in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Elizabeth brings her passion for music to the classroom. She has the ability to connect instantly with children. We are very happy to have Elizabeth in Magic Languages team since the beginning.
Alexandra Blain is an enthusiastic and dedicated French teacher. In her native France, she worked as a handball coach and got her masters before leaving for Canada. Now in Toronto, Alexandra join the Magic-Languages team where she continues her passion for teaching French to children. She loves their spontaneity, and encouraging them to learn and grow. Alexandra has an ability to adapt effectively to the needs of every student. She creates a fun learning atmosphere, and children have a great time learning in her class!
Arantza Santoyo is a dedicated Spanish teacher. Born in Mexico City, she is a native Spanish speaker with extensive experience teaching children. She has being working in the Magic-Languages team since 2014. Arantza recently graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in Cognitive Science. She has a passion for education and her patience and sweetness makes the children feel welcome and secure and create a perfect environment where the children thrive in their learning of the new language. She loves to personalize her approach according to the level, personality and pace of each student.
Laura Rojas is from Bogotá, Colombia She is currently studying cross- disciplinary art with a specialization in publications and graphic design at OCAD. She blends her artistic appreciation for Spanish culture with her natural ability to share her native language (Spanish) through teaching. She is passionate about social change projects, sustainability, art and design, and creative writing. Laura is sweet and kind; working with children comes naturally to her. She
activates the classroom, and is skilled in the art of motivating children! Laura is also Magic-Languages go to resource when it comes to graphic design.